Preparing for a Layoff – Job Tips for Staying Employed in a Recession

February 17, 2009


Are you worried about losing your job?  With more mass layoffs being announced weekly in a cost cutting trend that started last fall, I know a lot of people that either lost their job or are in fear of getting a pink slip.

Fear of the Layoff

One of the stressful things about layoffs like these for employees is the fear of what lays around the corner; the anxiety of worrying about the day your boss calls you into their office with bad news.  While there’s nothing we as employees can do about the economy, there are some proactive things we can do to help us find another position in the event we lose our current job.

Rather than cowering in fear, we can distract our mind from the foreboding economic situation by setting the stage for our next job search, should it be necessary.

Job Tips to Prepare for a Layoff

Over the next few days, we’re going to take a look at some job tips that you can begin working on now that can help prepare you for a job search in an extremely tough job market.  A common saying claims, “it’s not what you know, but rather who you know” that helps you get a job.

I think it’s a combination of what you know (your expertise), who you know (who you’ve built relationships with), who knows you (your personal brand), and how well you can spread the word about your skills and availability (using technology to market yourself). So over the coming days we’ll talk about topics such as:

  • Building a Personal Brand
  • Social Networking & Job Searching
  • Getting a Degree & New Career
  • Getting Your Resume Online
  • Finding Freelance Work

As I mentioned above, if you’re worried about being laid off you can start working on these things right now to help you be better prepared if you lose your job.  Stay tuned – subscribe for updates


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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